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(@markthechuck)
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How do you get a good reggae sound? is it just palm muting?

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 MCH
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Here is pretty good lesson on Youtube that should help you out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npuppho6mNw

There are many more lessons in regard to this. Youtube is your friend.


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Think there is a lesson on I shot the sherif here somewehere too. Check the main site.

Offbeat-upstrokes on the treble strings will take a long way I think :-)

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 cnev
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What Lars said is true it's mostly played on the off beats with upstrokes and the only other thing I would add is that in reggae music the guitar is very sparse if you know what I mean.

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Tone-wise it's mostly clean and pretty trebly. Pick the bridge pup and keep the gain way down.


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(@dogbite)
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reggae uses the two and four beat. upstoke on two and four. use a toucjh of chorus.
for a tight skank (yes, that is the definition I heard...skanking, chuckin..both the same)
anyway, for a tight crisp sound upstroke and palm mute. come down hard and fast with the palm after the up stroke.

count one, stroke, three, stroke.
ya mon.

you can double up on the strokes..two for one thing.
you can use the thumb over the neck chord or barre chord. when I barre chord my pinky is free to grab some accents on the high E string.

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I Shot the Sheriff (based on the guitarnoise lesson):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2XYFjFXBZw

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I also posted "Natural Mystic"and a reggae version of "Take Me Home Country Road" .... er 8) you gotta feel da riddim mon Try drumming along or tapping your feet first to get the feel of the rhythm, try hearing it in your head.
.. the section on reggae triplets in the lesson on I Shot the Sherriff was really helpful - once I "got" the reggae triplet, the rhythm practically played itself

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Here is pretty good lesson on Youtube that should help you out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npuppho6mNw

There are many more lessons in regard to this. Youtube is your friend.

Great video, I was also wondering how to get that reggae and chuck sound, that pretty much covered it. Thanks :)


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that' s wa
hat I said. the chuck is a palm mute. keep it tight.

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(@alangreen)
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I always use fretting hand muting for reggae and ska

A :-)

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Here is pretty good lesson on Youtube that should help you out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npuppho6mNw

There are many more lessons in regard to this. Youtube is your friend.

Thanks for that great link !


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(@markthechuck)
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cheers everyone. 8)

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(@matteo)
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as other fellow guitar players said, the main thing about reggae is to accent the upbeat. This means that to start you could play an upstroke on the "and" of each beat. This is not easy for a beginner so don't be discouraged if you need a bit of excercize to get it. To be sure that your're playing it correctly, set the metronome to say 100 bpm and start tapping your foot along the click. Then, mute the string with your left hand and sincronize your hand to the foot and play a downstrum each time your foot tap the floor and upstrum each time you raise teh foot. After a while, when you feel confident, without ever stopping the right hand movemente lift your fingers off the strings when you play the upstrum. If you're doing it correctly you should alternate between muted downstrums and unmuted upstrums.
After a while you should complicate the ryhthm and play triplets as David hodge suggests in his lesson,again playing muted string on the beat. This is quite difficult so face it only when you'll play perfectly the first rhythm

Cheers

Matteo


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